The sisters went to Dharavi in 1962, one of the Mumbai’s worst slums considered to be Asia’s largest slum.

 

All sorts of people lived in Dharavi, liked the simple fisher folk, who were the original inhabitants and migrants, who came in search of job. The place inhabited the drunkards, smugglers and other people. Misery, starvation, poverty, illiteracy, ill health and immortality of the people drew the attention of Mother Anna Huberta to Dharavi.

 

Initially the sisters lived in a small room, right in the middle of the slum. In this same tiny room they collected women for evening classes and gathered children for regular studies.

A dispensary was open in 1963 in the presence of Mother Anna Huberta to care for the sick. A maternity ward was added to this dispensary in 1969. Sisters also conducted educational programs for children and adults, setting Balwadis, coaching classes and women’s groups etc.

 

In 1969 two children who were orphan brought to the sisters. This initiated beginning of a girls’ home. As per the need of the people, presently sisters are involved in social, Medical and non-formal educational activities.

 

According to the need of the area, two sub-centres were opened one at Dhorwada and second at Kalakilla.

 

 

ACTIVITIES AND WORK

SOCIAL

Women’s groups, Job placement, Leadership training, Self Help Groups, training for lower income groups on self-employment, Career guidance for youth

Issue based programs - Rationing, Garbage, housing, water, electricity, roads etc. Environment, Awareness on Dharavi redevelopment, Atrocities against the children and women etc.

 

 

MEDICAL

Maternity homes

Doctors visit: Gynecologist, Pediatrician, E.N.T. Eye Specialist

Community Health Training:

Home care for HIV & AIDS, T. B. patients, cancer patients

Training on health and hygiene, various skits on health issues, Training on pre-natal and post-natal care.

Ration and regular essential food items like egg, milk, fruit juice is distributed to the patients suffering with Tuberculosis.

 

EDUCATIONAL

Capacity Building Programme.

  • Awareness on HIV-AIDS through street plays & posters
  • Training program for Self Help Groups
  • Street Play - learning workshop for children
  •  Trainings - paper bag making, cloth bag making, candle moulding
  • Balwadies(nursery), Adult literacy classes for women, coaching classes for drop-outs
  • Vocational training: Tailoring for young girls and women, Computer, Beautician, Hand embroidery and Music class.
  • Awareness building programs to promote rights and duties of children
  • Sponsoring poor Children’s education.

 

POSTAL ADDRESS

Daya Sadan

S.M. Chawl

H. No. 267/II/G2

Near Old Police Station

Dharavi

Mumbai – 400 017

Tel. No. (022) 2409 0729

DAYA SADAN

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E-mail: headoffice@helpmary.in

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